I was watching this show last night and some lady had a goal she wanted to accomplish by the time she is 45 years old.  I forget what the goal was.  By the time I’m 45 I just want to be able to like, write my name in less than 10 minutes.

Medical Marijuana

Please read this and sign this. Groundbreaking marijuana study canceled Have at it, and let the University of Arizona know they need to support full legalization of marijuana. Why it should be legalized so survivors can benefit; 13 reasons to use it post-stroke. The University of Arizona fired Dr. Suzanne Sisley rather than let her […]

10 Percent

Dean recently wrote a post about this and I want to, too.  How did this myth start?  The idea that humans use only 10% of their brains.  The new movie Lucy is based on this premise that normally we use only 10 percent of our brains.  Well if that’s true I’m screwed, as are the […]


A friend of mine recently had some swelling and a bruise on her leg and asked me what is the physiological reason behind wrapping things with ACE bandages and wearing braces?  I remembered how I used to explain it to patients and she said it was a really good explanation so I thought I’d blog […]

Subject Matter

I always say that I have 3 friends.  I thought that I had a lot more friends, but when shit hit the fan, turns out that I did not.  I say this because 3 people, 3 friends of mine really, really stood out from the crowd and chaos when I got sick.  These 3 people […]


I just received a comment on this post about this place that I think everyone needs to read so I made it into a brand new blog post.  In my previous post, I was telling a story about a devastating experience I recently had involving an Eastern medicine practitioner.  In that post, I said this….. […]


For a long time after getting sick, I thought Eastern stuff, Eastern medicine was the only thing that would help me because Western medicine failed me so, so, so, so, so, so badly.  I still think that when dealing with something like this, a life long injury, Eastern medicine is going to be much more […]

Medical Establishment

I received an email yesterday from someone whose family member recently had a stroke and he was looking for information.  He has looked into some alternative treatments and said this… “I’ve been researching such treatments as hyperbaric oxygen therapy as well as Chinese Scalp acupuncture to treat her paralysis.  However, I’m a little leery because […]


In my previous life, I let people walk all over me, never expressed how I truly felt, and wallowed in anger in private.  All of this anger and stress probably contributed to my stroke.  Well, a few things have changed and now when I’m upset with someone I tell that person, if it’s worth telling […]


BPPV stands for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.  It just means you’re dizzy.  If you have BPPV, here’s why you are dizzy. When I was 2 months out of a massive stroke and had a shaved head, I went to the ER with a severe headache and dizziness.  2 months out of a stroke remember.  So […]


I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in a while.  I’ve been busy living a quasi-pseudo-normal life.  I surely haven’t been able to say that for quite some time.  For over 3 years my life has been anything but normal.  But it’s getting back to “normal.”  Or as normal as things can be for me.  I have […]


I was talking to Barb recently and she made such a good observation and suggestion for a post.  The term ‘hemiparesis’ means one-sided weakness.  Hemi = half and paresis = weakness.  After a stroke, you’re going to be described as hemiparetic.  But you’re not, not technically.  Not at first anyway.  It takes a while to […]


Learn who you can say what to and who you can’t.  Some people will make you feel worse by responding with something incredibly insensitive and unempathetic like “It could always be worse”  or “at least…..” or “you need to…..” or “you should…..”  If you speak of your feelings to someone and instead of validation they […]


I was doing a jigsaw puzzle this weekend and it triggered a memory.  When I was about 20, I did a jigsaw puzzle with my mom and when we finished I got really depressed and introspective.  I was like “well now what?”  I thought it was a wonderful metaphor for life.  We completed the puzzle […]

Mechanical vs. Chemical Pain

If you’re having pain somewhere, do something about it.  Pain is your body’s way of warning you that something isn’t right.  But then again you might be like me and have no pain or warning signs whatsoever and have a massive stroke one day.  It’s up to you.  Well, it’s not really up to you.  […]


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